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Architecture

Our ancestors invented the squinch to support a rounded dome

upon a square wall. Hardly an inch

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in English texts credit them at all.

In Byzantine times one of us tried

outlining colored glass with lead, start-

ing stained glass, now classified

as medieval European art.

The bema of a church is still Armenian

but other parts have Latin names.

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We knocked our pagan temples down

and let our other neighbors claim

the arch. The trouble was

(and the same troubles stay)

kings and conquerors, not architects

arrange history their way.


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